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. paul wagner that story. >> reporter: the thieves are targeting homes that prominently displaying a hindu religious symbol. the thieves broke into a home in a cul-de-sac at the end of this road. significant e mnur omf the 16 homes now all linked have what's called a genes prominently displayed around their home. once inside the burglars go after the gold jewelry, electronics and passports. all have taken place during the day when the owners are not home. in june, one homeowner got a look at the thief as he tried to break in but police are reluctant to put out a description. >> significant number of them have had the symbol displayed around their house and it alerts us and we want to send the message, you don't have to take it down. we want to let you know it could be zig singling you out. >> reporter: the thives have been breaking in once a week. paul wagner, fox 5 news. >>> a new report shows inadequate water flow made the blaze difficult to fight. the hilly area and road design created problems. >> thers a fire hydrant probably within about 200 feet of the home on university ter
's the twist. that's a guy. paul wagner in the newsroom wth how police tracked him down. paul? >> reporter: well, brian, the shoplifters appearance was so convincing there was an ongoing debate whether the person was a man or woman and now we know. montgomery county police have charged 20-year-old johnathon bradley in the district of shoplifting a $2,400 chanel dress, removing a security device with his bare hands and assaulting a guard on the way out the door. this is the way he looked as he wandered the aisles at sax on july 30th. they used a sophisticated suanrvllysei scetem to s kea better look. outlet tips started to come in. inwith a few days police wihad arrest for bradley. that is him dressed like a woman two year ago in montgomery county. >> this man was dressing up to conceal his identity and then, in this case, he specifically sisted with force using a chemical mace, weapon, to defeat the security guard who was trying to apprehend him at the time. we're glad to have him in custody dollar it is unclear if he was using his appearance as a disguise or if that's the way he dresses
. paul wagner has more. >> reporter: the fairfax can police say that the homes they like are neighborhooded heavily poplated by people of middle eastern or asian background. it is a hindu symbol, i hope i say it right. some hang it in the garages, windows, next to their doors. and like i say, a significant number of tm had the symbol around their house. >> reporter: all the burglaries are in the western section of the countial day. the most recent one took place tuesday, july 28th. on june 29th, the thief tried to get in, but left when he realized somebody was home. it is the only time they spotted a burglar, but police n't put out a description yet. once inside, they go after specific item. >> yeah, they seem to be after gold jewelry and electronics, passpos, personal documents as well. >> reporter: on average the thief or thieves are targeting homes in the county about once a week since april first. paul wagner, fox 5 news. >>> and they want to be clear, they don't suggest anybody take down their religious symbols. but they keep your windows and doors locked during the
for a woman. a man convicted of killing her claims he buried her there. paul wagner live. this is not the first time police have searched the area. >> reporter: brian here is what happened. michael dickerson agreed to l police down and show them where he buried her. he agreed to that in october. police were hoping at the time that dickerson would walk into the woods and point to the location but that didn't happen. what they did was brought bucket loaders and other vehicles and dug a very large area along old fort road but didn't come up with her remains. ten months later now they are back to a different location. they are here in a location where an accomplice that night, she said she was buried here, at one hundred yards further up the road from where dickerson said. >> this is hazy memory or they believe one more? >> reporter: they are liking what shields said and the reason why is he was asked just a few years after she was killed. he admitted being involved at that time. he led them right here to this area and they did search this area ten years ago but didn't find
with rocks and sticks and ends with a car plunging into a group of people. paul wagner is in the newsroom with more on this story. >> reporter: d.c. police are using the video in hopes of identifying the girls fighting. some kicking and beating another. police say it began with an argument between two groups of girls between different neighborhoods. it was recorded last saturday on jay street northeast. the video shows an escalating fight between what appears to be teen girls that took the fight from the common area of the apartment complex to the street. we turned down the audio because of the language. at one point the girls tackle another girl and begin beating her. the footage ends with a car going on the sidewalk at a high rate of speed. a young boy, apparently hit then limps off. >> some kids do it for kicks just to show what the experience was or what happens at a particular incident. i'm sure this is no different than the others. unfortunately someone was injured in this incident, but, again, someone thought it was okay to put it out there. we are taking the information and sharin
on with your tax dollars. paul wagner has the exclusive details. >> reporter: well the investigation began in the spring when a d.c. police inspector began noticing what he viewed as dubious claims. officers signing into court when the case was not on the docket and officers signing out of court hours after the case had been heard. fraud allegations that included claims by two prosecutors, saying their signatures had been forged on court documents. >> reporter: in order to receive overtime pay, officers checking into and out of court must have a document signed by the prosecutor in the case. in this complaint, hill touraibn ouraiclms officers veofha be enclaiming over time they may not deserve. if a member is checked in as a tiquesso questiso re a mat ther beem what are the member doing while checked into courtment i surmise that at best the members were performing administrative duties for the attorneys and at worse, leaving and going home. burton points out earning overtime pay is against the general orders of the metropolitan police department. but there are more serious charges than th
is at fault. which report is accurate. we put those questions to the mayor himself today. paul wagner has the news edge on the investigation. what did you find out. >> in an e-mail response to several questions today, d.c. police chief cathy lanier defended the officer that wrote the report claiming omissions on the fact that the driver left the scene. no one was faulted a fact that she did not find troubling at all. according to a diagram of the accident, the mayor's vehicle appears to be the striking vehicle. it's listed as number one. the other driver number 2. the mayor told the investigating officer he was southbound on broad branch road when he was struck by the other driver. sunday night the mayor's spokesperson says the other driver struck a stop sign. in an e-mail response, chief lanier said the mayor clearly struck the side of the other vehicle. being the striking vehicle does not i am fly fault. there are many other factors, traffic control signals, speed, et cetera. government protocol requires photos to be taken when a government vehicle is involved in a crash. none were take
the lowest number offal at that time -- fatalities in the history of the city, just 39. paul wagner, fox 5 news. >>> coming up next here at 6, forget swine flu. dog flu is the big worry in northern virginia. why animal workers are issuing a warning. >>> and several big developments from metro. a bus driver caught dialing her cell phone behind the wheel. metro said it's not what it seems. >>> also ahead -- . >> i mean that is what it was. >> set free after three weeks in jail for yawning. news edge at 6 coming back.  cash for clunkers is available at your chy deal. with more eligible models to choose from than anyone. lu if curnker qualifies to be recycled, you can get a $3500 or $4500 government rebate. a us jnond ant unced! if you qualify for the clunker rebate, you th72sos. m 0r fo% 72 mths. that means you can buy a '09 cobalt for $168 a month after a $3500 government tere nndwn adonto reme p. go to chevy.com for details. >> the news edge on maryland. an escaped prisoner on the loose. now, the search is on from the air and you see on the ground. the area of maryland, 175 and poco
asking what really went down. fox 5's paul wagner has itself news edge investigation. -- has the news edge investigation. >> reporter: according to a diagram of the accident, the mayor's vehicle appears to be the striking vehicle. it's listed here as number one. the other driver, number two. the mayor told the investigating officer he was southbound on broad branch road when he was struck by the other driver. sunday night the mayor spokesperson said the other driver ran a stop sign striking the mayor's car. in an e-mailed response chief lanier said the mayor clearly struck the other side of the vehicle. be be the striking vehicle does not imply fault. there are many other factors. traffic control signals, speed, et cetera. government protocol requires photos to be taken when a governmentehicle is involved in a rash but none were taken. chief ran near says by the -- lanier says by the time the officers arrived, the cars had already been moved and the driver of the other car had left. we do have photos of the damage on the government vehicle. protocol dictates all passengers be listed o
of the county. jose garcia was sentenced, fox 5 paul wagner has more. paul, what can you tell us? >> reporter: well, you can only describe us as not just the book being thrown at jose garcia here but the judge really threw the whole library at him if you will. judge michael mason said that the man didn't deserve to walk again in the -- in society. and he gave him y life without parole, but then he threw another life sentence at him to be served together. so basically he will never, ever get out of prison. judge michael mason said the evidence is just overwhelming to him. he said there is no doubt the man committed the crimes. each case was planned. he said the violence was not necessary. he seemed to take pleasure from causing pain. it shows terror with these women who were left left for dead. it is obvious there was a circle of pain with people involved in the case. the attorney also said that jose garcia was basically responsible for a huge amount of terror over the year in montgomery county. so the news, jose garcia got life without parole plus another life sentence on top of that to be s
. >>> cops say one man made off with a $2,000 gown from zack's 5th avenue paul wagner is live in the newsroom with the video you have to see to believe. paul? >> reporter: laura, on the surface, it seems funny. a man and that's what it looks like to the investigating detectives, walked into zack's in a short skirt and sandals. just before 8:00 last thursday night, this woman -- or is it a man. police aren't sure. walked into sak's 5th avenue carrying a large bag. >> walks around the store looking to see where the employees are and all. goes in an area where there doesn't appear to be a employees. >> security guards in another room use the remote control on the surveillance system to zoom in to see what the person was doing, disarming a security device on an expensive dress. >> if you have space between it, you can -- whether there was a gap or not, i'm not sure but it's not easy to pull them apart. >> reporter: security guards watched as the suspect rolled up a knit dress, put it in large -- in a large bag and went for the door. >> when the suspect exited, approached by law enforcement office
. >> the crowd inside gave haim standing ovation he is a was named chief. paul wagner is in alexandria now with more on what he is such a well-known figure in the community. >> earl cook is a legend in this town he even has a street name after him a quarterback on 1971 remember the titans tc williams football team you may remember they made a movie about that team. we talked to three friends to find out what he is really all about the people who know the man behind the badge says he has an ability to put himself in other' pes hughes with compassion. >> how he treats anybody is in the same fashion that he would want to be treated. >> reporter: for 30 years earl cook patrolled this city. a legend for not only the success story he is but for what he did on the football field. >> he was on the legendary remember the titans team at tc williamson went to doc on a football scholarship. >>> even has a street named after him across royal from where he group up and what friends describe as a large loving family. >> i couldn't be more delighted. i think earl has all of the outstanding leadership qual
found -- pisa mart is a crime scene. fox 5 paul wagner is following this one live tonight. what do you know? >> reporter: brian, what we know is the pizza mart is run by two brothers. they took turns running the place 24 hours a day. around 8:00 one brother showed up to relieve the other. the building was locked up tight and his brother was missing. for some reason five hours went by before the police were called. when they went inside, they found the brother apparently murdered. the pizza mart operates 24 hours a day. according to police and neighbors, the brothers took turns running the business. one ran it at night and the other during the day. it's a troubled block and the brothers did not put up with troublemakers, calling the police when they field threatened. they posted photos of people they barred from the store on the front window. the arson task force was called to the scene but police say there was no fire. there was no evidence of foul play. however, police say it can be a tough place to do business. >> we get a lot of disorderly calls to the corner of fourth and rhode isl
it's staying off. paul wagner, "fox 5" news. >> congratulations to all of you, maybe we should start that here at "fox 5". >> here's brian with the news edge at 11:00. >> new insight into the mind of the virginia tech killer, recently discovered medical records, published, a decision made by his own family. clear red flags that could have prevented the massacre. the news edge, here is will thomas. >> reporter: missing pieces of mental history, confirming what we already know, cho was a troubled young man. counselors who interviewed him said he was depressed, but was it enough to get him admitted to a hospital for long-term treatment? it turns out, the law makes that very difficult. newly discovered medical records show a troubled cho, a year and a half before he carried out the worst mass shootingings in modern u.s. history. the records cover all of his interactions with the cook counseling center at virginia text and an overnight stay during november and december of 2005. >> the reasons when you look at th for the seenedcallynyian to say he is holding it together. >> reporter: foren
owner dead in his store, tonight they are back on the scene, part of a push to catch the killer. paul wagner live northeast with a look at what is going on out there. >> reporter: d.c. police have been back out here most of the day. in fact, the crime scene search officers have been inside this pizza mart for hours going over the scene looking for additional evidence. in the next few minutes, a number of officers will be handed these fliers. this is the first look that had of the victim. he is 44 years old. he is the one found dead inside the pizza mamplet police say he was stabbed and beaten. they are leaning toward robbery as a motive. police will hand out the fliers for the next hour or so trying to get new tips on the case. he was discovered earlier yesterday afternoon stabbed and beaten inside the store that he ran with his brother. police said yesterday there was no evidence of robbery, investigators are leaning toward that as a motive. when his brother showed newspaper the morning to relieve his brother, they ran the store 24 hours a day, the store was locked up tight. police
, however, did cyte mr. lewis with operating an unsafe vehicle. paul wagner, fox 5 news. >>> did you see it? a man standing at a busy intersection in tyson's corner admitting he cheated on his wife. he wore a sign reading i cheated and this is my punishment. >> i thought he was kidding. but she was serious. so, i figured i got to do what i got to do to make things right, you know. i can't say a lot of th things, yeting at me and a lot of god luck and god bless you. >> the man who didn't want to give his real name got a text message from his wife telling him it was enough. and he could go home. we're not convinced this was not a prank. the man generated such buzz, he's invited to be a guest on hot 95 cane show tomorrow morning. tune in there and we'll get to the bottom of that. >> my take? yeah. >> a bunch of guys will cheat if they that is how they can get away with that. >> yeah. >> he didn't seem like -- he looked like he was embarrassed. >> she was on the side -- this is the real deal? >> that is what i'm thinking. >>> and you have your hands busy? >> reporter: it was a wave and went fr
. police aren't sure she is a woman at all. paul wagner has more on the unusual case. >> reporter: the investigating detective things the well dressed shoplifter is a man. other officers that viewed the same footage aren't sure. whoever the suspect is, he, she was savvy enough and strong enough to pull apart a security device attached to a $2,400 dress. dressed in a miniskirt and sandals, the suspect walked into saks fifth avenue, wondered to an area of the store where there were no employees and lifted an expensive knit dress off the rack. with the security device disabled, the suspect made for the door where the person was stopped by a loss prevention officer. as the two were talking, the officer was disstractd by another person leaving the store. that's when the suspect pulled a can of pepper spray and unleashed a stream of the liquid in his face. montgomery police detectives say he is fairly certain he is looking -- dealing with a man. >> you look at the build, the other features, it appears to be a guy. but just because it's a big person in stature does not mean couldn't be a
full-time career staffing to budget cuts. paul wagner has the news edge in maryland. >> reporter: those volunteer deputy chief of this boulevard heights station says this call for help at 2:00 this morning should have been answered within six minutes. instead it took eight minutes from firefighters located a little over 2 miles way at this district heights station. volunteer firefighters had just backed their pumper in to the station when a smoke alarm detected trouble. the pumper was on fire and firefighters began to attack the blaze with extinguishers, but it wasn't enough. they needed help. an alarm was sound and two stations were alerted simultaneously. the capitol heights station, which is now staffed with entirely volunteers and the district heights station staffed with career personnel. but at the capitol heights station, no one was there to respond. >> it comes the first day that capitol heights is without career staff and residents instead of the fire house having the fire it could have been a neighboring house, residential street or a residential neighborhood here or it could
if they're look follow a looking for a man or a woman. fox 5 news paul wagner has the story. >> reporter: and early last night, police aren't sure if there was a man or woman, walked into a store with a large bag. >> walking around the store, looking to see where the employees are. goes nto the chanel area where the employees were not around. >> reporter: and they used a sophisticated surveillance video to zoom in to see what the person was doing, disarming the security device on a very expensive dress. >> if you have space between it, you can get it apart. whether on this one there was a gap on it, i'm not sure. but it is not easy to pull it apart. >> reporter: and the detectives say a security guard watched as they put together the dress, put it in a large bag and went to the door. >> when the suspect was exiting, he was approached by an officer, shortly after that there was not a struggle. there was just conversation, and the person, the loss apprehension officer was talking with somebody, and at that moment he was sprayed. >> reporter: the suspect then took off down wisconsin avenue,
. investigators aren't sure if they are looking for a man or woman. paul wagner explains. >> reporter: just before 8:00 last thursday night, this woman, or is it a man, police aren't absolutely sure, walks into saks fifth avenue on wisconsin avenue carrying a large bag. >> walks around the stores looking to see where the employees are and goes into the chanel area where there doesn't appear to be any employ years. >> reporter: detective david hill used the remote controls on the store's sophisticated surveillance system to zoom in to see what the person was doing, disarming a security device on a very expensive dress. >> if you have space between it, can you bet it apart. whether there was a gap or not on this one, i'm not sure. >> reporter: detective hill says security guards watched as the suspect rolled i'm chanel knit dress priced at $400, put it in a large bag and headed for the door. >> when the subject was exiting, they were approach bid a loss prevention officer. there wasn't a struggle and it was just conversation and the person -- the loss prevention officer was distracted by another per
with too many cars on it. paul wagner has more. >> reporter: passengers who use metrorail routinely ride the system on six-car trains and eight-car trains. never more than that. an extra car or two would mean the doors would open outside the station. >> there are checks an balances that are followed and should have been in place on the afternoon of july 31st. for some rson, that did not occur and that is why we're following up with all the individuals that were involved on that afternoon. >> reporter: after taking the train out of service and driving it to the branch avenue rail yard, officialgun an investigation. so far, one metro worker who had some responsibility for the movement of the 10-car train has tested positive for drugs. >> it is standard for us to do a drug and alcohol test and it was determined that the individual responsible for bringing the train from the yard into the platform of the station did test positive for drug use so that person is a train operator who has been with us since june. >> reporter: he says the investigation is continuing. it has been a rough several w
of road. fox 5's paul wagner reports. >> reporter: the collision was extremely violent. the impact sending the victim a considerable distance through the air. >> he was thrown about 122 feet and suffered blunt force trauma and was pronounced dead on the scene. >> reporter: that's nearly 40 yards, just under half the length of a football field. the driver was traveling inbound on the parkway at the time of the collision around 2:30 in the morning. >> what we do know is the vehicle that struck and didn't stop -- didn't remain on the scene. we believe the vehicle is either a dark blue or black small car. >> reporter: the car is described by witnesses as a small blue or black vehicle with possible windshield and/or hood damage and a broken head lamp. the passenger side mirror may be missing. although the victim was in the crosswalk it's unclear if the man was crossing with the light. stanton road and suitland parkway is one ever the busiest intersections in the city. police are hoping cameras mounted near the intersection captured pictures of the striking vehicle. at the very least investigato
victim of dogfighting. fox 5's paul wagner has the story. >> reporter: three days after being rescued from the dumpster, trooper as she's now being called is still a little bit cautious standing silent with her tail between her legs. >> she's probably one of the worst i've personally ever seen. >> reporter: bitten about the head and neck, stitches now holding her face together. >> she was in a lot of pain. we immediately started her on some i.v. fluids to help support her and we got her some pain medication. >> reporter: last friday afternoon a woman disposing of some garbage first saw the pup inside this dumpster on 9th street southeast. lee roy robinson went to see if he could help. >> he was in a bag at first. he came out the bag. he stuck his head out the door like he was trying to get out of the trash can door but he couldn't get out. >> reporter: there were no yell:s, no -- yelps no cries for help. >> what they were describing is what "fiewfndz. >> reporter: eve russ -- what i found. >> reporter: eve russell happened to be nearby when the call came in. one look told her this dog
weeks they're already showing a difference. paul wagner shows us how they are getting fit for the 4th. >> food loves them and they love food back. rib sticking food that can creep up on you. >> and you look at the profession and the officers that have strokes and high blood pressure, heart attacks and diabetes, this is a definitely a profession that all of those weight-related wellness related issues com up. >> reporter: so leading by example, the chief formed a four person team and challenged others on the force to do the same. >> i'm happy, but amazed. >> reporter: nearly 800 people took part to challenge each other to stay away from -- >> cut out fries foods and meat. >> reporter: sherman hodges once weighed 282 pounds. >> going up and down steps would wear me out. >> reporter: hodges lost the most, 30 pounds. >> it is a life-changing experience. >> reporter: matt and detective jacqueline each embraced the challenge, cutting down on sweets and the portions of food they ate. regular exercise was hard to get. >> i was off and on, but i had slacked off after having a baby and didn't h
electrical volt they were working on. paul wagner has that story. >> reporter: the two contract workers were inside an electrical vault act six feet under the ground when one of them inadvertently touched a wire he didn't know was hot, setting off a flash fire. the sudden shock wave from the 110-volt line sent a wave of fire through the underground vault. burning one of the men men so badly he was taken to med star in critical condition. the suffered smoke inhalation. >> i heard this grumble sound. like a freight train going by. for just a couple of seconds. >> reporter: firefighters pulling up to the scene found both men outside of the vault, conscious and alert. the more seriously injured worker suffered burns to the upper body. >> upper extremities, face, chest region, head, possibly some internal burns to the airway. >> reporter: pepco says the men are employed by cw wright a contractor for the utility removing old cable next to a hotel on 19th street. >> contractors are on our system all the time. in the overheadlines department and underground. >> reporter: robert with pepco says the l
there is enough evidence for the case to go to trial. paul wagner has the latest. >> reporter: taylor wiped tears from her eyes. the prosecutor and defense attorney sparred over facts of the case. the defense calling the actions a way for her to distance herself from a dangerous man. the prosecutor said it was more sipster than that. dominique taylor is willing to help her jailed boyfriend doing whatever she can to avoid telling the truth. d.c. police say dominique taylor is covering for frank johnson, her longtime lover who is accused of shooting the father of her child in may of 2007 police say three witnesses put taylor on the scene in uniform. witnessing frank johnson shoot carlos barksdale once in the arm and once in the back. according to a couraffidavit, when police arrived the officer noticed the defend, dominique taylor, was wearing a d.c. fire and emergency medical services uniform but she was not assisting mr. barksdale. witnesses told police after the gunman pulled away, taylor scolded the woundy man. you're stupid, you're stupid, that is what you get. d.c. police say taylor lied repe
signed up. paul wagner shows us how the force plans to get fit. >> reporter: cops love food and the foodback. rib sticking stuff they can grab on the go. it can creep up on you. >> you look at the profession, the officers that have strokes and high blood pressure, heart attacks, diabetes, this is a profession that the weight related, wellness issues come up. the chief formed a four-person team and challenged others to do the same. >> i was amazed. happy but amazed. >> reporter: nearly 800 people took part challenging each other to stay away -- >> cut out red meat. >> reporter: a foot beat officer once weighed 281 pounds. >> going up and down steps would wear me out. >> reporter: rising to the challenge, he lost the most, 30 pounds. >> it is a life-changing experience. >> reporter: matt and jacquelyn each embraced the challenge. >> i was off and on but i kind of slacked off after having a baby and didn't really have time to exercise, too busy working and being a mom and wife. >> reporter: but it's part of the continuing goal. fitness equals better health. she lost 28.4 pounds
is taking the reins in alexandria a first in history. paul wagner is there tonight with more on the announcement. [inaudible] was named the chief here in alexandria at city hall in front of a packed audience in council chambers he is the first african-american police chief in the 250 year history of alexandria, a legend in this town, a quarterback in the 1971 remember the titans pc williams football team a 30 year member of the force man held in such high regard there is even a street named after him. earl cook received a standing ovation from friends, relatives and city workers in the packed chambers today man known not only for leadership but kindness big heart and big smile. he sen gelled out his mother and dad colleagues and friends for their support over the years. >> my dad passed away many years ago now but like most important dates and times in my life he is ever present in my mind. he was a quiet, confident, wise man and a relentless dash relentless work ethic. that was my dad. together with my mom they provided the foundation that allows seven children to have a lov
first made a name for himself on the football field. fox 5's paul wagner reports. >> reporter: the people who know earl cook, the real earl cook, the man behind the badge say he has an uncanny ability to put himself in other people's shoes, a cop with compassion. >> every decision he's ever made or how he's treated anybody, he's always treated people in the same fashion that he would want to be treated. >> reporter: for 30 years earl cook has patrolled this city. a legend for not only the success story he is but for what he did on the football field. >> he was on the legendary remember the titans team at t.c. williams and went to duke on a football scholarship. >> reporter: he even has a street named after him. >> i ouldn't be more delighted. i think earl has all of the outstanding leadership qualities that you would be looking for in a police chief. he has the integrity and intelligence. he has -- he's a homegrown guy. >> reporter: friends say earl cook has a tremendous sense of humor, a dedicated father of three girls, he's a diehard passionate redskins fan. sean knows earl
of killing her says he buried her years ago. paul wagner has the story. >> reporter: this stretch of woods off old fort road is familiar to thomas as own own backyard. he knows shaquita is here, knows its it in his -- knows it in his heart. >> i just feel this is it. i feel god is going to reveal where she is, have faith all along. we're getting to the end. i feel this is going to be it. >> reporter: supervised by one of the two d.c. police detectives who closed the case, heavy equipment operators with the d.c. housing authority dug long trerches near the -- trenches near the road sifting through the fine sand-like dirt hoping to give them what they so desperately want. the entire time thomas was right there with them watching as the bucket dug eper and deeper. >> i just didn't want to miss anything. i don't know what i'll do when i see her but i just want to see her. >> reporter: last october michael dickerson, bell's ex- boyfriend admitted in court to killing bell because he feared she was talking to she new dickerson had murdered another man sean thomas. as part of the deal dickerson ag
into custody and police say there are more arrests coming. paul wagner has more details on the disturbing video. >> reporter: the tape begins in what appears to be the common area of an apartment complex in the 3700 block of jay street northeast. we turned off the audio because of the language. person operating the camera can be heard laughing and then alerting others someone has a knife. at one point, you can see an adult with a belt. other girls have rocks and sticks. d.c. police don't know would shot the video or who put it on- line but they are happy to have it. >> i think this video is just outstanding evidence for us to help us proceed in our case. >> reporter: in this new age of social networking sites where all kinds of pictures and videos are posted, it is not uncommon for police to not only find them but use them as well. >> you can google or youtube fights, any type. fights and can you come across various incidents like the one that occurred here. >> reporter: in this case, the evidence there is for all to see. at one point be several girls chase another down the street, surround her
even though the entire alleged crime was caught on camera. wall pag near explains -- paul wagner explains. >> reporter: just before 8:00 last thursday night, this woman or is it a man? police aren't absolutely sure -- walked into saks fifth avenue on wisconsin avenue carrying a large bag. >> walks around the store looking to see where the employees are and all. goes into the chanel area where there doesn't appear to be any employees. >> reporter: the detective says security guards in another room used the remote controls on the store's sophisticated surveillance system to zoom in to see what the person was doing. disarming a security device on a very expensive dress. >> if you have some space between it, you know, you can get it apart. whether there was a gap or not, i'm not sure. but it's not easy to pull those apart. >> reporter: detective hill says security guards then watched as the suspect rolled up a chanel knit dress priced at $2400, put it in a large bag and headed for the door. >> when the subject was exiting, they were approached by an officer. shortly after that -- the
and close and it let to a drug test that put an employee on suspension without pay. fox 5's paul wagner live outside metro headquarters tonight with the details on this one. paul. >> reporter: well, sara, this 10-car ain actually made it through five stops back on july 31st before a passenger on the train actually got on the intercom called the operator and said, hey, something's amiss here. there's two cars that aren't getting into the station. when the operator got out and looked for himself and started counting, he said, yeah, we got 10 cars here. metro says those last two cars did not have any passengers on board and the train was immediately taken out of service. passengers that use metrorail routinely buy the system on six-car trains and eight-car trains, never more than that. an extra car or two would mean the doors would open outside the station. >> there are checks and balances that are followed, and should have been in place on the afternoon of july 31st. and for some reason, that did not occur and that's why we're following up with all the individuals that were involved on that a
of dogfighting. paul wagner has the story. >> reporter: three days after being rescued from the dumpster, trooper as she's now being called is still a little bit cautious standing silent with her tail between her legs. >> she's probably one ever the worst i've ever seen. >> reporter: bitten about the head and neck, stitches now holding her face together. >> she was in a lot of pain. we immediately started her on iv fluids to help support her and got her some pain medication. >> reporter: last friday afternoon a woman disposing of some bargain first saw the pup inside this dumpster on 9th street southeast. lee roy robinson went to see if he could help. >> he was in a bag at first. he came out the bag and stuck his head out the door like he was trying to get out of the trash can door but he couldn't get out. >> reporter: there were no yell:s, no cries for help. >> sure enough exactly what this he were describing is what i found. >> reporter: eve reduce arele with the -- eve russell with the humane society happened to be nearby. one look told her this dog needed help fast. >> it was the most disturb
jury. paul wagner has more on the fox 5 investigation. >> reporter: d.c. police believe the firefighter witnessed her boyfriend shoot the father of her baby as they stood outside of her apartment on as a tuesday aftnoon two years ago n. uniform, she claimed under oath 1245 thashe could not identify the shooter. in this block on may 17th, 2007, witnesses say frank johnson shot barksdale twice at close range. once in the arm and once in the back. the court documents say when police arrived, the officer note noticed the defend was wearing a d.c. fire and emergency services medical uniform and was not assisting mr. barksdale. witnesses said after the gunman turned away, the defendant told her to hold still, stupid, lay down, stupid. you're stupid, you're stupid, that is what you get. a few months later unr oath, the court affidavit said she told her side of the story to the grand jury claiming not ton the gunman. when he went back outside, she claimed she saw carlos on the ground and someone driving in reverse. the defendant testified she had no idea who was in his car and ng. ta to the win
the electrician in just an hour and a half of deliberations. brian. >>> paul wagner, live in our newsroom. a metro bus driver caught on camera talking on her cell phone. tonight, union officials say she should be back on the job. a local blogger snapped this cell phone photo. well, the transit union says the driver was calling the control center for metro because her two-way radio didn't work and they say she never moved the bus while she was on the phone. metro enforced a zero tolerance policy. >>> a disturbing policy, concerned about a dangerous chemical. the army corps of engineers found mustard. it has been the scene of a 16- year-old cleanup project. fox5's tom fitzgerald is there with more. >> reporter: brian, this latest discovery is prompting fresh promises of action from the u.s. army corps of engineers. residents say they have heard that all before. the army stopped its search for world war i chemical weapons at this house. the reason for people doing the investigation came across an open glass flask and inside were the trace amount of the chemical agent used to make mustard gas. >> we
. police say there may be more arrests to come. paul wagner is live in the newsroom with the disturbing video. paul? >> reporter: laura, police say the fight began between a dispute with two groups of girls in different neighborhoods. it ended with an adult using a car as a weapon. it is all under review by the detectives who are using it to pursue further charges. the tape begins in what appears to be the common area of an apartment complex in the 3700 block of j street northeast. we have turned off the audio because of the language. the person operating the camera can be heard laughing then alerting others someone has a knife. at one point you can see an adult with a belt. other girls have rocks and sticks. d.c. police don't know who shot the video or who put it online but they are happy to have it. >> i think this video is outstanding evidence for us to help proceed in our case. >> reporter: in this new age of social networking sites where all kind of pictures and videos are posted, it's not uncommon for police to not only find them but use them. >> you can google or you tube any typ
for a weight loss contest and after eight weeks they're slowing a difference. paul wagner shows us how they're getting fit for the force. >> reporter: cops love food and food loves them back. rib-sticking stuff they can grab on the go. it can creep up on you. >> you look at officers that have strokes and hi blood pressure, heart attacks, diabetes, this is definitely a profession that all of those weight-related well finance -- well finance relatedness issues come up. nearly 800 people took tart to challenge each other to stay away. >> cut out fried foods and red meat. >> reporter: sherman hodges once weighed 281 pounds. >> going up and down steps would wear me out. >> reporter: hodges lost the most, 30 pounds. >> it is a life-changing experience. >> reporter: matt and jacqueline each embrace the the challenge, cutting down on sweets and the portions of food. regular exercise was hard to get. >> i was off and and i slacked off after having a baby and didn't have time to exercise and was too busy being a mom and a wife. >> reporter: but fitness eekals better health. brom lynn lost 20 pounds.
to catch. >> paul wagner tonight. >>> a little sticker shock at the gas station lately. gas prices are up more than 15 cents over the last few week on average and you can bme it on crude oil prices. demand is down. partly because it -- the national avege for a gallon of regular is 2.64. >>> all of those air conditioners are working overtime. it can cost you money even when you are not at home. melanie alnwick is here with quick fixes for cool savings. >> heating and cooling make up 56% of energy use in a typical home. it is the largest energy expense you have there, but there are things you can do right now to lower your costs. when the temperature is through the roof, so are your energy bills. cutting back on cooling costs doesn't have to be a big project. >> there's a lot of convenience to it. >> reporter: explains brian kohl of home energy savings company quo beco. >> getting and using a programmable thermostat is a way to save. >> let the house be warmer from 9:00 to 5:00 and that will save you a lot of money over the course of the summer. >> reporter: a simple one is o can pay for i
brake to stop a train in the potomac avenue station. paul wagner, fox 5 news. >> the metro worker who tested positive for dgs has been suspended without pay. the investigation is continuing. >>> new developmentsn the tragedy on the hudson. crews have recovered part of the plane that collided with the tour helicopter and inside the two bodies that had yet to be recovered from saturday's crash. nine people were killed in the mid air collision. meanwhile lawmakers and aviation experts are looking into ways to patrol the narrow high traffic hudson corridor. >> the hudson river flight yard must not continue to be the wild, wild west. we must act immediately before further lives are lost. if it does not, congress must act. >> the crash killed three pennsylvania resides andfive italian tourists and the pilot on the helicopter. >>> a plane stuck on the tarmac for almost seven hours. laura ingle has that story. >> reporter: when 47 passengers boarded continental express flight 2816 in houston bound for minneapolis, they were hoping for smooth skies. but they got something entirely different. s
regularly to make arrests. this business was put up for sale about a month ago. paul wagner, fox 5 ews. >>> right now a developing story on metro. a cracked rail on the red line is causing delays. the trouble spot outside the bethesda bethesda station. wise come martin is live at the friendship high station. what is the latest? >> reporter: they are in the process of repairing the cracked spot on the rails right now. it's been friendship heights and pay these day. this was discovered around 1:10 an inspector. while the repairs are being made, trains will take turns sharing one track between grosvenor and friend wood. some trains will run to shady grove and others need to turn back at twin brook. the question is, how long will it take to fix the crack in the system? >> we have crews out doing a temporary fix. tonight we will make permanent repairs. this will affect part of the evening rush hour. >> reporter: so, customers can expect 15-minute delays and the trains will be moving at reduced speeds in the affected area. be prepared for that. that is the bad news for metro. there is good n
decided to post it there. in the fox 5 news room, i'm paul wagner. >> and that video has been removed from the website. >>> tucker is joining us on a friday with a look at the all- important weekend. >> the weekend forecast. it will be one of those weekends that starts soggy and ends nice. >> good. >> by sunday it will be beautiful. we have to get there first. we have showers and thunderstorms in the forecast today and some of them will be soakers. we have a very humid air mass outside. >> where are my three buddy? , hot, haze and humid. >> they might leave town on sunday. we'll look at hd radar. the showers and thunderstorms on their way. yocan see them out t he west. look a -- at the boxes. there is a severe thunderstorm watch into southern pennsylvania just a few moments ago. so we have the showers and thunderstorms starting to break out, out towards hagerstown some shower activity and this is all generally pushing to the east and along this line and very humid out there and very hot as well. but we'll start to see some more showers and thunderstorms bubble up around here during the nex
the fire. it was not until about six minutes later that the deputy chief asked for help. paul wagner, fox 5 news. >> and there was a good deal of damage, about 7000 to the station itself. by the damage to the pumper is estimated at 75,000. investigators believe it was an accident. >>> and police want you to look at the sketches, the man on the left accused of exposing himself in two separate incidents at the washington and oldham union trail. the man on the right, a similar attack on the trail here, if you recognize either sketch, call the fairfax county police. >>> and look at this building, a demolition gone terribly wrong, what was in the path of the out of contr building. >>> plus, what sent a dozen passengers from this plane to the hospital. back to you. >>> and two injuries already at training camp. we'll tell you how serious they are, plus a player promotion. >>> and what about the local tveisha lhet the chopping we tvehe list ngmio up. d>>mian> ill, anwe were able to stop a few of the thunderstorms, and we ditched a little bit of the humidity. don't get very used to it. we have t
an civilians signed fun a weight loss contest and after eight week, they are showing a difference. paul wagner shows us how they're getting fit for the force. >> reporter: cops love food and the food loves them back. rib-sticking stuff they can grab on the go. it can creep up on you. >> you look at the profession and you look at the officers that have strokes and high blood pressure, heart attacks, diabetes. this is definitely a profession that all those weight-related illnesses, wellness related issues come up. >> the chief formed a four- person team and challenged others to do the same. >> i was amazed, happy but amazed. >> reporter: nearly 800 people took part. >> cut on the fast foods. >> reporter: a footbeat officer once weighed 281 pounds. >> going up and down steps used to wear pee out. >> reporter: he lost the most, 0 pounds. >> it is a life changing experience. >> reporter: matt bromeland and detective jacqueline ga ri. sh each embraced the challenge. >> i didn't have time to exercise. i was too busy working and being a monetjano-melgoza and a wife. >> reporter: but it is all now par
of the house where the snakes were kept, the cause is yet to be determined. in the fox 5 newsroom, i'm paul wagner. >>> a lot of kids out there dreading heading back o school. now schools are dreading a possible swine flu explosion. federal officials said to announce new school closing guidelines tomorrow. education secretary around any duncan says local school officials will still have to make the final call. but his department will help with advice. he'll also track which schools decide to close and where so it can chart outbreaks. there's also talk of making schools vaccine clinics so children can be immunized. >>> scientists may be one step closer to a cure for aids. university of north carolina researchers have decoded the entire genetic structure ever the h.i.v. one genome, the imary cause of aids in humans. researchers hope this helps them better understand how the virus operates which could lead to new types of treatment. >>> the latest crash test results are out and it shows even if you're driving 5 miles per hour p hour, you can still do extensive damage to your ride. repairs will
the fire to the truck was accidental. back to you. >> very interesting. paul wagner, thank you. >>> in order to save money the county eliminated staffing at two stations as of sunday relying intirely on volunteers. staffing was reduced at three other stations. >>> in maryland a disturbing discovery at a local park. a body found in oxon hill this morning is believed to be a man in his 20s. investigators say someone was walking through the park when they found the body. >>> an investigation meantime in fairfax county where police are trying to figure out three separate attacks on the washington and old dominion trail are connected. the sketch on the left is an a man accused of exposing himself last thursday. the one on the right is from an attack on the trail in vienna on july 15th. in each case the man was riding a bike and exposed himself. two of the victims say they were assaulted. if you recognize him, please call police. >>> some big decisions today, setting michael jackson's estate. a judge closed the custody case for the three children deciding who will raise the children.
to continue the case, he released taylor on her own recognizance. in the fox 5 newsroom, i'm paul wagner. >>> the investigation into last december's water main break on river road just hit a roadblock. you remember this scene, the ruptured main turned river road into a literal river, forced some people to be rescued by boat and helicopter. now investigators say daily inspection records might have accidentally been thrown away. ifs that ate case, it will be harder to determine why the main was installed incorrectly as consultants claim. >>> from the ad to the rails and a traffic alert for metro riders. if you ride the red, orange and green linings add about 30 extra minutes to your travel time. the agency is doing track and maintenance work. most of the work goes from 10:00 tonight to midnight sunday but the green line delays started at 8:00 this evening. >>> the president of montgomery college is under fire tonight. familiar culty membe -- familiar culty members are casting -- faculty members are casting an official no confidence vote. >> reporter: newly registering students at montgomer
in northwest. fox 5's paul wag norris live in the newsroom -- wagner is live in the newsroom. >> reporter: fox 5 got a copy of the report. why did a spokesman for the mayor say sunday and today the driver of the vehicle ran a stop sign and pulled out in front of the mayor's vehicle causing a collision. according to a diagram of the accident, the mayor's vehicle is shown as the striking vehicle. it's listed in the diagram as number 1. the mayor says he was southbound when he was struck by a vehicle traveling west on rittenhouse street. the other driver, a 19-year-ol said he never saw the mayor's car. the report was prepared by a member of the mayor'security detail, not a patrol officer. it seems several protocols were not followed. d.c. police are required to put all information in the report and take photographs when a d.c. government vehicle is involved in the crash. no photos were taken and both drivers left the scene before it could be dock -- documented. and it should have a list of all the vehicles in each vehie. that was not included. neighbors say fenty's children were in the vehicle at
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